We do this by providing services which create a financial return, and by investing our money in programmes and assets which will make a difference to people over the long term. Not just for our participants today, but also their children, and their grandchildren.
We do this by offering opportunities to other community groups to leverage off our asset base, for them to do more good work.
We do this by providing pathways for businesses and philanthropic organisations to be involved in our cause, through supporting what we do with donations, sponsorships or grants.
I believe that you can judge a community on the way the community’s most vulnerable are treated. One key charitable cause of ours is providing education programmes for our city’s most disadvantaged young people. Another is how we advocate on the behalf of others who are unable to advocate for themselves.
This YMCA will live and die by our core values. We live them, we breathe them and we believe in them. If we don’t we will lose relevance, meaning, and effectiveness as an organisation. They mean different things to different people, but at their heart they ring true for all cultures and backgrounds – if we treat others how we would like to be treated, we will have a greater world.
Come on in, get involved, make a difference. Everyone is welcome.
Josie Ogden Schroeder